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Summer Chemistry for Pre-Health Professions

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The Summer Chemistry for Pre-Health Professions program at Dell Medical School provides students with a foundation in general chemistry ahead of their entry-level college course, helping close the gap in a class that has a high potential to impact whether students change their major or career path.

The six-week intensive general chemistry class is offered to incoming UT freshmen who are first-generation college students, graduates of a Title I school or from a medically underserved community.

About the Experience

Over the course of six weeks, a UT chemistry instructor virtually leads students through the foundations of general chemistry (Chemistry 301). In addition to weekly lessons and homework assignments, students participate in live Q&As with the instructor, mentorship sessions with program alumni and discussions with community health care professionals.

Creating a Network of Support

Students who participate in the Summer Chemistry for Pre-Health Professions program build a community with their peers, program leaders and alumni, and experts in the field. Once the six-week program concludes, program leaders and alumni remain engaged with students beyond the topic of chemistry: They facilitate study halls throughout following semesters and provide workshops on topics such as essay writing, resume building and interview preparation, all with the goal of ensuring academic and professional success for each student that comes through the program.

The program provided me with an incredibly in-depth and completely comprehensive look into the world of chemistry and has helped me outpace much of the material being covered in Chemistry 301 now.

Kevin Vargas, Program Alum

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Students who have not yet taken a college chemistry course and who meet the following criteria are eligible to participate in the program:

  • Student is a first-generation college student, a graduate of a Title I school or from a medically underserved community.
  • Student is a Health Science Summer Camps alumni.

How to Participate

The Summer Chemistry for Pre-Health Professions program recruits students from its school district and community partners. Students who accept the invitation will be contacted by a member of the program. Eligible students may also directly contact the program to express interest in participating in the experience.